Pézenas’ own Spiderman, daredevil urban climber Alain Robert, has scaled a 48-storey tower in Paris’s La Defense business district to show solidarity with protesters against pension reform.
Alain Robert, the free climber dubbed the “French Spiderman”, on Monday scaled the Tour Total in Paris to show support for workers striking against President Emmanuel Macron’s pension reform plans.
Robert, 57, stood with both arms aloft after reaching the summit of the 187-metre high tower, which stands in the Paris business district, La Defense.
“I am trying to use my fame for something I find meaningful,” Robert told Reuters, adding that he was himself “deeply concerned” by the pension reform plans.
Robert has climbed more than 100 structures, including the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the world’s tallest building, the Burj al Khalifa in Dubai.
Monday’s ascent was the ninth time that Robert had climbed the Total tower.
He often climbs without permission and has been arrested on numerous occasions. He climbs without a harness, using only his bare hands, a pair of climbing shoes, and a bag of powdered chalk to wipe off the sweat.